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Senior Year

Survival Guide


INDEX Graduation Requirements........................................................................03 Your transcript is wanted..........................................................................06 10 things to do before graduating............................................................10 How to choose the RIGHT college............................................................15 The top ten things to remember about applying to college....................21 Graduation Plan Checklist........................................................................25


English English 9, A or H English 10, A or H English 11, A or H English 12, A, H or English AP World Languages Two years recommended History U.S. History or H World History and Civilization or H Government Economics Mathematics Algebra I Geometry Algebra II Science Biology I One additional year from the following: Earth/Space Science Integrated Chemistry/Physics Chemistry I or Physics I Physical Education Health Secondary PE I (1/2 credit) Secondary PE II (1/2 credit) One semester from one of the following: Elective PE classes: Strenghth/Conditioning, Lifetime Sports, Team Sports, or Aerobics Electives and/or Career Area Twelve Electives/Career Areas Students must earn an additional twelve (12) credits in core areas or world languages, fine arts, or a career area:

Health Sciences Health Sciences I or Anatomy/Physiology Health Sciences II Business/Accounting Accounting I, II, and Computer Applications Business Marketing Marketing Foundations, Marketing Adv. Related, Marketing Field Exp. Business Related, Business Coop. Business Applied Computer Digital Communication Tools 1, 2 Computer Applications Family and Consumer Science Early Childhood Ed. Svcs. and two credits from the following: Child Development or Adult Roles and Responsibility Agribusiness Production or Horticulture Trade and Industry One year of any of the classes listed under Trade & Industry with the exception of Related Welding Interdisciplinary Cooperative Education (ICE) Interdisciplinary Cooperative Education Related and Interdisciplinary Cooperative Education Cooperative Army JROTC Three years of JROTC Music and Art Six semester of music and art classes Note: Beginning with the class of 2010. PE 1 and PE II will be full credit courses.

Total Credits - 41

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Your Transcript is WANTED! Your high school transcript is a record of every grade you earn in high school. All of those grades are averaged to produce a single number, your cumulative GPA. But admissions officer have their eyes on more than the bottom line. There are other things they examine to get a sense of what kind of college student you'll be. Freshman Grades In case you were thinking they weren't important, now you know otherwise. Your freshman grades make up (approximately) one–quarter of your cumulative high school GPA. If you tank freshman year, it will follow you for the next three years. (That includes art class, gym class, music class or anything for which you receive a grade.) Pass / Fail Don't elect to take a pass / fail. To colleges, a "P" might as well be a "D". Trends Colleges expect your grades to be consistent or improve. If you received As in sophomore year, and Cs in senior year, they will conclude that you are a capable student who became lazy. Coursework High school graduation requirements vary from school to school. Most students have the opportunity to take more classes (or credits) then are required to graduate. If you take only the minimum, colleges will conclude that you are doing the least you must do to get by. If you take extra classes (or credits) but they are soft-ball classes (like basket-weaving or calisthenics), this looks just as bad. The best high school transcript will show consistent grades in a challenging course load with challenging classes. AP classes or advanced classes impress colleges and tell them that you are ready for college–level work.

Transcript Requests Transcript requests are now available online. Through the Indiana eTranscript project, Harrison has joined forces with Docufide to bring your secure transcript the safe, paperless way to electronically send transcripts to the participating colleges in Indiana you choose. It's easy, secure and available 24/7. Here is how it works: Sign up: Click this link, tell them who you are, choose a password. You will need an email address so they can contact you. Choose: Select the colleges you are applying to. Sign off: Review your request and you are done. On-line transcripts are available to Harrison High School 1995 graduates to this year's current seniors.

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1) Start a notebook of what works for you and what doesn't. This can include services at school as well as how you best organize your time. This can serve as a guide for developing your own daily systems at college. If you keep this up, you won't need to learn as you go when trying to adjust to college life. You can also keep specific directions in your notebook, such as how to do the laundry or other tips you can refer back to when needed.

2) Start attending all school meetings regarding your accommodations and services. These meetings can help you learn ways to advocate yourself and prepare you for talking with your professors at college. Pay attention to your needs and what types of services can help you succeed. Take notes so you will be ready to take on the role of self-advocate

3) Start taking over your daily activities. Learn to do the laundry, shop for your own shampoo, soap, toothpaste and other hygiene products you use on a regular basis. Learn what items cost and create a budget of how much you spend weekly or monthly

on items you will need. Use an alarm clock rather than having someone wake you up. If you begin to take charge of your daily life now it will be much easier when you are on your own at college.

4) Think about your learning style. How do you learn? Are you a visual learner or a auditory learning? Understanding how you learn can help you develop strategies for college classes.

5) Develop a healthy lifestyle. Incorporate exercise into your daily activities and eat nutritious meals. Make sure you are getting enough sleep. Pay attention to how you are feeling when you don't sleep well or miss several days of exercising.

6) Develop stress relieving activities that work for you. You might like meditating or you might find deep breathing exercises to be relaxing. Find out what works best. Going to college is a stressful time and if you are prepared with ways to relax yourself, you may be able to adjust better.

7) Spend time in the library. In college you might be required to do more research for projects and reports. Knowing how to find articles and look up information can give you more confidence when presented with a large report to complete.

8) Read books more difficult than you are used to. College textbooks may be more difficult to understand than the high school textbooks you are used to. Expanding your reading and getting used to reading above your current level can help prepare you.

9) Set goals for your life. Although most seniors in high school are not yet sure what they want to do with their lives, you can narrow down your choices and give some thought to what careers seem interesting to you. Setting goals can help you stay motivated and give you something to work toward.

10) Learn about the laws governing learning disabilities in college. Know what your rights are, how to ask for accommodations and what documentation you need to have in order to be eligible for services.

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How to choose the RIGHT college 2011-2012 College Planning Guide. Iowa: Iowa College Access Network, 2011. Print. What Matters to You? What’s important to you may not necessarily be what’s important to your friends, siblings or parents. You should find the college that’s the best fit for you. The happier you are at the college you choose, the more likely you are to succeed and complete your degree. Types of Colleges Do you want to go to a two-year, four-year or community college? Maybe you’d prefer a vocational or technical school. Depending on your circumstances, it might be best for you to start at one type of school and transfer to another. 1. Business, Health Profession or Technical Colleges 

Specialized colleges train students for specific careers.

These schools may offer several levels of degrees (certificate, associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate).

2. Community Colleges 

Community colleges allow students to earn a degree or transfer.

Associate (two-year) degrees, certificates or diploma programs may be available.

Specialized occupational preparation is offered.

Class size is generally small, and students receive individual attention.

3. Private Colleges and Universities 

Private schools rely on tuition, fees and other private sources of funding.

Private schools offer bachelor’s degrees and possibly associate (two-year) or advanced degrees.

A broad base of courses are available (such as social sciences, humanities, sciences and business).

Study begins with general education requirements, progressing to an in-depth study or major.

Total enrollment is generally lower than at public universities.

4. Public Universities 

Public universities receive some of their funding from state

Public universities offer several levels of degrees (bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate).

A liberal arts college as well as professional colleges and graduate programs are included.

In general, public universities have larger enrollment.

Universities are divided into colleges such as the College of Business and the College of Education.

Consider the Features You Want Once you know the type of college you’re looking for, think about other factors such as: Location 

How far away from home do you want to go?

Do you want to live in a big city or small town?

Academic Programs 

Does the college offer the major you want? Is it strong in that academic area?

If you’re undecided, are a variety of majors you’re interested in offered?

Campus Life

What types of social and athletic events take place?

Are fraternities and sororities, clubs or organizations available?

Are the arts supported?

Cost and Financial Aid Availability 

What’s the total cost of education at the college?

How much financial aid is offered?

Facilities 

Are the student facilities, such as the library, athletic center and health center, adequate?

Living Accommodations 

Do most students live on or off campus?

What housing options are available?

Campus Safety 

How reliable is campus security? (Request a copy of the campus security report from the college or visit

Narrow Your List Review the factors important to you and make a list of colleges that fit your requirements. Search the Internet and find five to 10 colleges that match your preferences. Attend college fairs and speak with college representatives visiting your school. By the fall of your senior year, try to narrow the list to five colleges.

Make Campus Visits Visits allow you to get an up-close look at colleges and experience a feel for life on campus. The best times for campus visits are during the spring of your junior year and the fall of your senior year. If a visit isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t possible, attend college fairs, talk to alumni or take a virtual tour online. Make a list of questions to ask â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and things to observe â&#x20AC;&#x201D; during your campus visits. Use file folders to store your notes, brochures, maps and other materials. Bring a camera. Photos can help you remember details. Schedule appointments with an admission counselor, a financial aid officer and a faculty member from your major course of study.

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The Top Ten Things to Remember About Applying To College n.a.“The top ten things to remember about applying to college.” 18 Feb. 2010. Web. 9 Dec. 2012. <>

1. There is more than one college out there where you can be happy. Don’t fixate on one school as a do- or-die option.

2. Location is very important, although it’s not the only factor you should be considering. Don’t neglect type and size as well as competitive level. And definitely visit the school before signing up.

3. Interviews, if they’re available are generally a good idea. So is spending a night on campus.

4. SAT and ACT tests are not the same as IQ tests: they can – and should – be strenuously prepared for.

5. Take the most challenging classes you can do well in – a B+ in AP Calculus is more impressive than an A in Math for Poets.

6. Parents will be involved in the college selection process but they need to let their children take the lead – college selection is often the first adult decision of a young person’s life.

7. The application essay is not the place for a hard-sell summation of why you’d be an awesome addition to College X – it’s a place to introduce yourself to the admissions committee and let them hear your authentic “voice.”

8. A binding early decision application is only a good choice if you are absolutely, positively noholds-barred certain that you know what your first choice school is. Remember, if you are accepted Early Decision you must withdraw your other applications and attend that school.

9. The FAFSA student aid form is required for all federal grants, loans, state aid and many college aid programs – it’s the most important app you’ll fill out for financial aid.

10. Don’t wait till your junior year of high school to prepare for applying to college. From freshman year on, your course choices, extracurricular activities, grades, and financial arrangements will affect your decisions and choices when it comes to college. Written by MyCollegeAdvisor Team on February 18th, 2010

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Graduation Plan Checklist Dialogue Queen. “High School Graduation Plan Checklist.” eHow, n.d. Web. 11 Dec. 2011 <>

Graduating from high school is an exciting and busy time filled with both celebrations and responsibilities. Making a checklist of things that need to be done before and after graduating can help ease stress so you can enjoy the last days or weeks of school with friends before life continues elsewhere. A wellplanned high school graduation checklist should start months before the actual date of graduation. Graduation Announcements 

After ensuring you have completed all the requirements necessary to receive a diploma, order graduation announcements. Most schools have a designated company that handles all announcement designs and orders. Look through the options and make your selections, then send in the paperwork and payment by the posted deadline to receive your announcements in time. Ideally, you should mail these out several weeks prior to the graduation ceremony. Keep in mind that many schools limit the number of people who are allowed to attend the graduation ceremony by issuing students a specific number of tickets. If you only have a limited number of tickets, you might want to enclose a little note that explains while everyone cannot attend, you'd love to see them at your party. Also

state that the graduation party invitations will arrive separately, as etiquette guidelines recommend they should be mailed separately. Graduation Rehearsal 

There is always a graduation rehearsal before the actual walk, which is typically held the day before or the morning of graduation. Check with your school administration to find out when this is, and arrive on time. Listen to the directions so you understand where to go when and what to do during the ceremony.

Graduation Night 

Arrive early so you can get good parking and are included in attendance. Drink plenty of water throughout the day so you are well-hydrated for the big event. Make sure you family knows where to park and arrives early as well to get the best seating possible.

Graduation Thank-you Etiquette 

Send out thank-you notes for any gifts you might receive and to thank people for attending your party. These should be formal thank-you notes. Some graduation announcement companies also give you the option of purchasing thank-you cards with the school emblem on them. If you didn't include a graduation photo with the announcement, include one with the thank-you card. Send these out within a month of graduation.

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Senior Year Survival Guide  

Everything you need to know about senior year.